View from Cragside House

Breakfast in the Vermont was as excellent as usual, although the arrangements had changed since our previous visits. There is still the buffet arrangement for cold breakfast items but all cooked food is prepared fresh to order. We were pleased to find there was the perfect table with five chairs so we were all able to sit together.

After breakfast we set off for Cragside in light drizzle, which wasn’t too worrying because I knew it would be sunny in the afternoon. My companions, however were not convinced and there were a few grumbles about the rain. On arrival at the  Cragside Estate we headed to the cafe for a cup of tea before taking a tour of the house. Whilst we made our way around the house the rain stopped and the sun came out. When we finished the house tour, it was time for lunch where the five of us discussed what we would do next.

Nelly's Moss Lake

Rothbury from Cragside Formal Garden

The sun was shining brightly as we followed the leisure drive, stopping off at Nelly’s Moss and The Labyrinth along the way before finishing up at the formal garden. My brother and his fiancée were impressed with Cragside; they had never been before and the leisure drive had won them over. The formal garden looks different again at this time of year. Both the leisure drive and the garden visit made my mum’s day, she had not been able to do either of these before because her previous visits had all been coach trips. We drove back to Newcastle via Alnwick taking in a view of the castle and The Percy Lion (who’s tail is still broken) to be able to fill up the car up with petrol.

Alnwick Castle

That evening we dined in a Peruvian restaurant which was a first for me. My brother’s lady is Peruvian and she had spotted the restaurant as they arrived in Newcastle the previous evening and was excited about trying it out. I was quite adventurous and chose fish with sweet potato which is raw marinaded fish. It was light and refreshing and also delicious. To follow, I chose sliced pineapple soaked in rum. The restaurant is called Solano’s after the Newcastle footballer. Interestingly there were three other English and Peruvian couples dining in the bar that evening (which the proprietress told us was unusual). The Peruvian cook came out to chat to my brother’s lady and later in the evening, Solano’s brother came into the restaurant and she also had a chat with him. There is a connection with the restaurant although I couldn’t quite follow what it was because part of the conversation was in Spanish :-)

We returned to the hotel for a nightcap before retiring to our rooms for a well earned rest.

8 Comments CherryPie on Oct 31st 2015

8 Responses to “Newcastle – Day Two”

  1. Astrid says:

    It sounds like you had a great weekend away with the family and you were right, the pictures show that the weather turned out to be just fine. Catching up on the reading of your blog; don’t you just love all those imbeciles that have time enough to create a cyber attack and crash things (get a normal job) my laptop was attacked in the USA, returning home the techie guy told me that it was even new to the Norman Shark antivirus program I have and hard to get it off. Well for now I am running again, but still have that love/hate relation with internet…..
    Have a great day, the weather is wonderful.

    • CherryPie says:

      Just think what they could achieve if they put there skills to proper use rather than wrecking things.

      I hope your computer is fixed properly now. I have been having problems with my emails this weekend and I am not sure whether or not that has resolved itself yet.

  2. Ayush says:

    i love the colours in your first shot

  3. Alan says:

    I recognised Cragside straight away even though I’ve I’ve only been there once before and that was in the dark! The NT held an “Electric Garden” event to mark the property’s connection with hydro electricity. The Peruvian restaurant would be too much “living on the edge” for me, though; I would have found a chippy :)

    • CherryPie says:

      The “Electric Garden” event sounds interesting, I am sure I would have enjoyed it :-)

      I am sure the cook at the Peruvian restaurant would have able to have concocted something to you taste. My choice of meal was rather adventurous ;-)

  4. J_on_tour says:

    Lovely shot of Nelly’s Moss, it’s a great location. Nolberto Solano is Newcastle United folklore. After a night out in town earlier in the year I had to wait for him to cross the road as I was driving out of Dean Street car park.